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Aid Workers Cross Yobe River, As Troops Push Back ISWAP

Nigerian troops fighting insurgency in the northeast have pushed back twin attacks by ISWAP in the Damasak area of Borno State.

Insurgents belonging to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, carried out an audacious attack between Sunday evening and Monday morning, in the Damasak area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Damasak is near the border with Niger Republic, about 180 kilometres Northwest of Maiduguri.

HumAngle understands that some humanitarian workers escaped through the Komadougou Yobe river, as troops engaged in a fierce battle to push back the insurgents.

The Nigerian Air Force sent combat aircraft to support the ground troops to push back the daring incursion involving about 20 gun trucks, on Sunday.

HumAngle also learned that the insurgents returned Monday morning and briefly advanced into Damasak before the military beat them back.

Daily Post reported that two soldiers and 39 ISWAP insurgents were killed on Sunday as Nigerian and Nigerien forces fought the insurgents.

The current attack is part of a series of security incidents targeting garrison towns, security forces, and disrupting humanitarian operations in Northern and Central Borno, Northeast Nigeria.

Nganzai, Ngala, Kaga, Marte, Monguno, Dikwa are some of the locations where troops have recently clashed with ISWAP insurgents.

Abadam, Kukawa, Guzamala and Marte are mostly considered high-risk areas due to ISWAP activities.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Education from the University of Abuja.

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